Japan to Have it's First LNG Fuelled Ferries; Courtesy MOL

BY Tiya Chatterji 25.Nov.2019

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and its allied company Ferry Sunflower Limited unraveled plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan, the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki.

With a total length of 199.9m, each ship will have the capacity to carry a total of 763 passengers. The ferries will be able to cruise at a speed of 22.5k. Ferry Sunflower will charter the vessels and deploy them on its Osaka-Beppu route from the end of 2022 through the first half of 2023.They will be equipped with dual-fuel engines. The use of LNG fuel will help achieve better environmental performance, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20% compared to current vessels, and virtually eliminating sulfur oxides emissions, MOL explained.

The project has been adopted for the FY2019 energy conservation rating system for coastal ships, a demonstration test program aimed at enhancing the operational efficiency of coastal ships backed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

“The new ferries will feature amenities and facilities worthy of the tradition they inherit on the Osaka-Beppu route, which has a proud history of more than 100 years and further expand the ‘casual cruise concept’; said MOL.